Masterbuilt Y. Shishkov 1954 50th Anniversary Stratocaster

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The Fender Custom shop makes guitars for all the greats. Clapton, Beck, Sambora, Haggard, Bettencourt, Richards, Guy, Gatton, Malmasteen, you name it.  The guys in the custom shop are the guys hand-building each of these guitars, one at a time.  They make some guitars that we mortals can get as well.

Fo the 50th Anniversary of the Stratocaster, the Fender Custom Shop produced a Limited Edition Series of 1954 Reissues, each individually built by a Fender Master Builder. There were only 100 of these 1954 Vintage Masterbuilt Guitars made, and every detail of the original 1954 Stratocaster was painstakingly reproduced, from the vintage “Radio Shack” style volume and tone knobs, the unique placement of the upper strap button, to the original rounded pickup covers and hand-wound 1954 pickups.

This piece of truly playable art by Senior Master Builder Shishkov would appear exactly as an original 1954 Stratocaster would today, had it been carefully stored in the dark for more than 50 years, a “Closet Classic”.  The nitrocellulose sunburst finish is beautifully “checked”, and this is simply an incredibly resonant, chimey-sounding guitar, essentially identical in all respects to the one Buddy Holly would have played. This guitar weighs 7.8 lbs.

Most vintage connoisseurs agree that the re-issue Masterbuilt guitars now are of far higher quality in build and consistency that the originals, with modern tooling and quality control methods.

As with all of our pre-owned electric guitars, this “one-off” hand built beauty has been fully set-up by Dave Doucet. This guitar includes red velvet G&G deluxe vintage style case with 50th anniversary custom embroidering, a hard plastic ABS black velvet lined gig case, case candy, and Fender certificate of authenticity signed by Yuriy Shishkov.  There were only 1,954 of these limited edition guitars built, and only a few were Masterbuilts!

This guitar is in perfect unplayed condition, with hand-wound vintage pickups.

Yuriy’s Fender Bio:

From handcrafting many of his own woodworking tools to showcasing his world-class luthier skills and custom inlay work, Yuriy Shishkov is truly one of the last of the renaissance guitar builders. It was in the small confines of a root cellar in his hometown of Gomel in the former Soviet Union that Shishkov got his start building guitars for friends and colleagues.

When he arrived in the United States in 1990, Shishkov settled in the Chicago area and collaborated with a range of top artists, including late shredder Dimebag Darrell of Pantera, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, Nuno Bettencourt, Robin Zander of Cheap Trick and Paul Stanley of Kiss. Shishkov joined the Fender Custom Shop’s elite team of master builders in 2000.

Fender 1954 50th Anniversary Yuriy Shishkov Masterbuilt Stratocaster: $5975.00

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